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John Wall, Bradley Beal thank Wizards fans for support

Boston Celtics v Washington Wizards

WASHINGTON, DC - JANUARY 24: John Wall #2 and Bradley Beal #3 of the Washington Wizards celebrate after Beal was fouled and made the shot during the closing mintues of the Wizards 123-108 win over the Boston Celtics at Verizon Center on January 24, 2017 in Washington, DC. NOTE TO USER: User expressly acknowledges and agrees that, by downloading and or using this photograph, User is consenting to the terms and conditions of the Getty Images License Agreement. (Photo by Rob Carr/Getty Images)

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Monday night against the Cleveland Cavaliers it felt like a playoff game inside the Verizon Center. In part because the Washington Wizards were pushing the Cavaliers to overtime in a chippy, hard-fought game. And in part because the crowd was loud and into it. It sounded like a playoff game.

That hasn’t always been the case in Washington D.C., and this season Wizards are 24th in league attendance (also, according to ESPN, fourth-lowest in percentage of the available tickets sold).

So John Wall and Bradley Beal wanted to thank the fans.

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The Wizards are 22-7 at home this season, and there is a good chance they will have home-court advantage in the first round of the playoffs (they would qualify as of today, but seeds 2-5 in the East are separated by 2.5 games, so a lot of things could still shake out). They will need those fans then.

A little positive reinforcement now doesn’t hurt. Plus with the team winning, they are feeling the love in the city.